# WORKING WITH INTEGERS: 1. Adding Rules: Positive + Positive

```WORKING WITH INTEGERS:
Positive + Positive = Positive: 5 + 4 = 9
Negative + Negative = Negative: (- 7) + (- 2) = - 9
The sum of a negative and a positive number: First subtract: The answer gets the sign of the
larger number
(- 7) + 4 = -3
(- 3) + 7 = 4
6 + (-9) = - 3
5 + ( -3) = 2
2. Subtracting Rules:
Negative - Positive = Negative: (- 5) - 3 = -5 + (-3) = -8
Positive - Negative = Positive + Positive = Positive: 5 - (-3) = 5 + 3 = 8
Negative - Negative = Negative + Positive = Use the sign of the larger number and subtract
(Change double negatives to a positive)
(-5) - (-3) = ( -5) + 3 = -2
(-3) - ( -5) = (-3) + 5 = 2
3. Multiplying Rules:
Positive x Positive = Positive: 3 x 2 = 6
Negative x Negative = Positive: (-2) x (-8) = 16
Negative x Positive = Negative: (-3) x 4 = -12
Positive x Negative = Negative: 3 x (-4) = -12
4. Dividing Rules:
Positive &divide; Positive = Positive: 12 &divide; 3 = 4 Negative &divide; Negative = Positive: (-12) &divide; (-3) = 4
Negative &divide; Positive = Negative: (-12) &divide; 3 = -4
Positive &divide; Negative = Negative: 12 &divide; (-3) = -4
Tips:
1. When working with rules for positive and negative numbers try and think of weight loss or
balancing a check book to help solidify why this works.
2. Using a number line showing both sides of “0” is very helpful to help develop the
understanding of working with positive and negative numbers/integers.
WHAT ARE EXPONENTS?
Exponents are sometimes referred to as powers and mean the number of times the 'base' is being
multiplied. In algebra, exponents are used frequently. In the example below, you would say: Four
to the power of 2 or four raised to the second power or four to the second power. This would
mean 4 x 4 or (4) (4) or 4 &middot; 4. Simplified the example would be 16.
If the power/exponent of a number is 1, the number will always equal itself. In other words, in
our example if the exponent 2 was a 1, simplified the example would then be 4.
Exponent Rules
When working with exponents there are certain rules you'll need to remember.
When you are multiplying terms with the same base you can add the exponents.
This means: 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 or 4 &middot; 4 &middot; 4 &middot; 4 &middot; 4 &middot; 4 &middot; 4
When you are dividing terms with the same base you can subtract the exponents.
This means: 4 x 4 x 4 or 4 &middot; 4 &middot; 4
When parentheses are involved - you multiply. (83)2 =86
yayb = y (a+b)
yaxa = (yx)a
Squared (
Cubed (
and 0's
When you multiply a number by itself it is referred to as being 'squared'. 42 is the same as saying
&quot;4 squared&quot; which is equal to 16. If you multiply 4 x 4 x 4 which is 43 it is called 4 cubed.
Squaring is raising to the second power, cubing is raising to the third power. Raising something
to a power of “1” means nothing at all; the base term remains the same. Now for the part that
doesn't seem logical. When you raise a base to the power of 0, it equals 1. Any number raised to
the power of “0” equals 1 and 0 raised to any exponent or power is 0!
Order of Operations: Rules
1. Calculations must be done from left to right.
2. Calculations in brackets (parenthesis) are done first. When you have more than one set of
brackets, do the inner brackets first. NOTE: Brackets and parenthesis are known also known
as grouping symbols.
3. Exponents (or radicals) must be done next.
4. Multiply and divide in the order the operations occur. So, what you SEE first, DO first!
5. Add and subtract in the order the operations occur. So, what you SEE first, DO first!
How will you remember this order? Try the following Acronyms:
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract)
BEDMAS (Brackets, Exponents, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract) OR
Big Elephants Destroy Mice And Snails (Brackets, Exponents, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract)
Pink Elephants Destroy Mice And Snails (Parenthesis, Exponents, Divide, Multiply, Add,
Subtract)
The point is to find SOMETHING that works for you. These are only suggestions.
Examples
12 &divide; 4 + 32
12 &divide; 4 + 9
3+9
12
(42 + 5) - 3
21 - 3
18
20 &divide; (12 - 2) X
32 - 2
20 &divide; 10 X 32 - 2
20 &divide; 10 X 9 - 2
18 - 2
16
Rule 3: Exponent first
Rule 4: Multiply or Divide as
they appear
Rule 5: Add or Subtract as they
appear
Rule 2: Everything in the
brackets first
Rule 5: Add or Subtract as they
appear
Rule 2: Everything in the
brackets first
Rule 3: Exponents
Rule 4: Multiply and Divide as
they appear
Rule 5: Add or Subtract as they
appear
Does It Make a Difference? What If I Don't Use the Order of Operations?
Mathematicians were very careful when they developed the order of operations.
Without the correct order, watch what happens:
15 + 5 X 10 -- Without following the correct order, I know that 15+5=20 multiplied by 10
gives me the answer of 200.
15 + 5 X 10 -- Following the order of operations, I know that 5X10 = 50 plus 15 = 65. This is
the correct answer, the above is not!
You can see that it is absolutely critical to follow the order of operations. Some of the most
frequent errors students make occur when they do not follow the order of operations when
solving mathematical problems. Students can often be fluent in computational work yet do not
follow procedures. Use the handy acronyms to ensure that you never make this mistake again.
Laws of Exponents
Here are the Laws (explanations follow):
Law
x1 = x
x0 = 1
x-1 = 1/x
Example
61 = 6
70 = 1
4-1 = 1/4
xmxn = xm+n
xm/xn = xm-n
(xm)n = xmn
(xy)n = xnyn
(x/y)n = xn/yn
x-n = 1/xn
And the law about Fractional Exponents:
x2x3 = x2+3 = x5
x6/x2 = x6-2 = x4
(x2)3 = x2&times;3 = x6
(xy)3 = x3y3
(x/y)2 = x2 / y2
x-3 = 1/x3
Laws Explained
The first three laws above (x1 = x, x0 = 1 and x-1 = 1/x) are just part of the natural sequence of
exponents. Have a look at this:
52
51
50
5-1
5-2
Example: Powers of 5
.. etc..
25
1&times;5&times;5
5
1&times;5
1
1
0.2
1&divide;5
0.04
1&divide;5&divide;5
.. etc..
Look at that table for a while ... notice that positive, zero or negative exponents are really part of
the same pattern, i.e. 5 times larger (or 5 times smaller) depending on whether the exponent gets
larger (or smaller).
The law that xmxn = xm+n
Example: x2x3 = (xx)(xxx) = xxxxx = x5
So, x2x3 = x(2+3) = x5
The law that xm/xn = xm-n
Example: x4/x2 = (xxxx) / (xx) = xx = x2
So, x4/x2 = x(4-2) = x2
(Remember that x/x = 1, so every time you see an x &quot;above the line&quot; and one &quot;below the line&quot;
you can cancel them out.)
This law can also show you why x0=1 :
Example: x2/x2 = x2-2 = x0 =1
The law that (xm)n = xmn
Example: (x3)4 = (xxx)4 = (xxx)(xxx)(xxx)(xxx) = xxxxxxxxxxxx = x12
So (x3)4 = x3&times;4 = x12
The law that (xy)n = xnyn
Example: (xy)3 = (xy)(xy)(xy) = xyxyxy = xxxyyy = (xxx)(yyy) = x3y3
The law that (x/y)n = xn/yn
Example: (x/y)3 = (x/y)(x/y)(x/y) = (xxx)/(yyy) = x3/y3
The law that
x1/n = The n-th Root of x
And so a fractional exponent like 43/2 is really saying to do a cube (3) and a square root (1/2), in
any order.
Just remember from fractions that m/n = m &times; (1/n):
Example:
The order does not matter, so it also works for m/n = (1/n) &times; m:
Example:
Let’s look at a few examples of how this is applied.
Example: What is 9&frac12; &times; 9&frac12; ?
9&frac12; &times; 9&frac12; = 9(&frac12;+&frac12;) = 9(1) = 9
So 9&frac12; times itself gives 9.
What do we call a number that, when multiplied by itself gives another number? The square
root!
See:
√9 &times; √9 = 9
So 9&frac12; is the same as √9
Example: What is 43/2 ?
43/2 = 43&times;(1/2) = √(43) = √(4&times;4&times;4) = √(64) = 8
or
43/2 = 4(1/2)&times;3 = (√4)3 = (2)3 = 8
Either way gets the same result.
Example: What is 274/3 ?
274/3 = 274&times;(1/3) =
(274) =
(531441) = 81
or
274/3 = 27(1/3)&times;4 = (
It was certainly easier the 2nd way!
27)4 = (3)4 = 81
Powers of 10
&quot;Powers of 10&quot; is a very useful way of writing down large or small numbers. Instead of having
lots of zeros, you show how many powers of 10 you need to make that many zeros
Example: 5,000 = 5 &times; 1,000 = 5 &times; 103
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5 thousand is 5 times a thousand. And a thousand is 103. So 5 times 103 = 5,000
Can you see that 103 is a handy way of making 3 zeros?
Scientists and Engineers (who often use very big or very small numbers) like to write numbers
this way.
Example: The Mass of the Sun
The Sun has a Mass of 1.988 &times; 1030 kg.
It would be too hard for scientists to write 1,988,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
(And very easy to make a mistake counting the zeros!)
Example: A Light Year (the distance light travels in one year)
It is easier to use 9.461 &times; 1015 meters, rather than 9,461,000,000,000,000 meters
It is commonly called Scientific Notation, or Standard Form.
“The Trick”
While at first it may look hard, there is an easy &quot;trick&quot;:
The index of 10 says ..... how many places to move the decimal point to the right.
Example: What is 1.35 &times; 104 ?
You can calculate it as: 1.35 x (10 &times; 10 &times; 10 &times; 10) = 1.35 x 10,000 = 13,500
But it is easier to think &quot;move the decimal point 4 places to the right&quot; like this:
1.35
13.5
135.
1350.
13500.
Negative Powers of 10
Negative? What could be the opposite of multiplying? Dividing!
A negative power means how many times to divide by the number.
Negatives just go the other way!
Example: 5 &times; 10-3 = 5 &divide; 10 &divide; 10 &divide; 10 = 0.005
Just remember for negative powers of 10:
For negative powers of 10, move the decimal point to the left.
Example: What is 7.1 &times; 10-3 ?
Well, it is really 7.1 x (1/10 &times; 1/10 &times; 1/10) = 7.1 &times; 0.001 = 0.0071
But it is easier to think &quot;move the decimal point 3 places to the left&quot; like this:
7.1
0.71
0.071
0.0071
To add polynomials, you must clear the parenthesis, combine (add or subtract) the like terms. In
some cases you will need to remember the order of operations. Remember, when adding and
subtracting like parts, the variable never changes.
Here are a couple of examples:
(5x + 7y) + (2x - 1y)
= 5x + 7y + 2x - 1y ----- (Clear the parenthesis)
=5x + 2x + 7y - 1y ----- (Combine the like terms)
= 7x + 6y --Another Example:
(y2 - 3y + 6) + (y - 3y 2 + y3)
y2 - 3y + 6+ y - 3y2 + y3 ---- (Clear the parenthesis)
y3 + y2 - 3y2 - 3y + y + 6----- (Combine the like terms)
y3 - 2y2 - 2y + 6---Subtracting Polynomials
To subtract polynomials, you must change the sign of terms being subtracted, clear the
parenthesis, and combine the like terms. Here's an example:
(4x2 - 4) - (x2 + 4x - 4)
(4x2 - 4) + (-x2 - 4x + 4) ---- (Change the signs by multiplying by -1; clear the parenthesis)
4x2 - 4 + -x2 - 4x + 4 ---- (Clear the parenthesis)
4x2 -x2 - 4x- 4 + 4 -- ----- (Combine the like terms)
3x2 - 4x
Another Example:
(5x2 + 2x +1) - ( 3x2 – 4x –2 )
5x2 + 2x +1 - 3x2 + 4x +2 --(Change the signs by multiplying by -1; clear the parenthesis)
5x2 - 3x2 + 2x+ 4x+1 + 2 --(Combine the like terms)
2x2+ 6x +3
Polynomial Definitions of Terms:
A monomial has one term: 5y or -8x2 or 3.
A binomial has two terms: -3x2 + 2, or 9y - 2y2
A trinomial has 3 terms: -3x2 + 2 +3x, or 9y - 2y2 + y
The degree of the term is the exponent of the variable: 3x2 has a degree of 2.
When the variable does not have an exponent - always understand that there's a '1' e.g., y
Multiplying Polynomials
Examples of Polynomials
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3x -2; Monomials: 3x, -2 (NOTE: these are also the terms of the polynomial)
5xy2 + 36xy + 52x + 6; Monomials: 5xy2, 36xy, 52x, 6
Πr2 + 2Πh; Monomials: Πr2, 2Πh
When to Multiply Polynomials
The instructions will ask you to multiply or simplify exercises that look like this:
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(Polynomial) &times; (Polynomial)
(Polynomial) • (Polynomial)
(Polynomial) * (Polynomial)
(Polynomial)x
(Polynomial)(Polynomial)
Note: When there is no multiplication symbol between 2 sets of parentheses, realize that you are
When to Not Multiply Polymonials
(Polynomial) + (Polynomial)
(Polynomial) − (Polynomial)
Yes, I understand that parentheses encompass the polynomials, but pay attention to what the
exercise is asking you to do.
NOTE: (3x + 5y) + (2x +-6y) does not equal (3x + 5y) (2x +-6y).
Practice with Constants
Multiply: (8 + 6)(-2 + 5)
Use order of operations:
1. Parentheses
(8+ 6) = 14
(-2 + 5) = 3
2. Multiply
14 * 3 = 42
Using the F.O.I.L. Method
Here’s another way of looking at it:
FOIL is method to multiply polynomials. It is an acronym for First Outer Inner Last.
1. First: (8 + 6)(-2 + 5)
Multiply the first terms: 8 * -2 = -16
2. Outer: (8 + 6)(-2 + 5)
Multiply the outer terms: 8 * 5 = 40
3. Inner: (8 + 6)(-2 + 5)
Multiply the inner terms: 6 * -2= -12
4. Last: (8 + 6)(-2 + 5)
Multiply the outer terms: 6 * 5 = 30
-16 + 40 + -12 + 30
Simplify:
-16 + 40 + -12 + 30 = 42
Now, let's practice multiplying polynomials with variables.
Practice with Positives
Simplify the following polynomials.
(x + 5)(x + 4)
1. First. Outer. Inner. Last.
x*x+x*4+5*x+5*4
2. Multiply.
x2 + 4x + 5x + 20
3. Simplify.
x2 + 9x + 20
Practice with Negatives
Simplify the following polynomials.
(x - 5)(x - 4)
1. Before you start FOILing, change the negative signs (only do this if you need to):
(x + -5)(x + -4)
2. Now FOIL: First. Outer. Inner. Last.
x * x + x * -4 + -5 * x + -5 * -4
3. Multiply.
x2 + -4x + -5x + 20
4. Simplify.
x2 + -9x + 20
Practice Exercises
1) (x + 3)(x - 3) =
2) (x - 6)(x + 4) =
3) (x - 8)(x - 9) =
4) (5j + 11)(j + 1)=
5) (5p - 7)(4p + 3)=
1. (x + 3)(x - 3)
(x + 3)(x - 3) = x2 + -9
1. Rewrite the minus sign. (Only do this if you have a problem with your signs)
(x + 3)(x + -3)
2. First. Outer. Inner. Last.
x * x + x * -3 + 3 * x + 3 * -3
3. Multiply.
x2 + -3x + 3x + -9
4. Simplify.
x2 + 0 + -9
x2 + -9
2. (x - 6)(x + 4)
(x - 6)(x + 4) = x2 + -2x + -24
1. Rewrite the minus sign. (Only do this if you have a problem with your signs)
(x + -6)(x + 4)
2. First. Outer. Inner. Last.
x * x + x * 4 + -6 * x + -6 * 4
3. Multiply.
x2 + 4x + -6x + -24
4. Simplify.
x2 + -2x + -24
3. (x - 8)(x - 9)
(x - 8)(x - 9) = x2 + -17x + 72
1. Rewrite the minus signs. (Only do this if you have a problem with your signs)
(x + -8)(x + -9)
2. First. Outer. Inner. Last.
x * x + x * -9 + -8 * x + -8 * -9
3. Multiply.
x2 + -9x + -8x + 72
4. Simplify.
x2 + -17x + 72
4. (5j + 11)(j + 1)
(5j + 11)(j + 1)= 5j2 + 16j + 11
1. First. Outer. Inner. Last.
5j * j + 5j * 1+ 11 * j + 11 * 1
2. Multiply.
5j2 + 5j + 11j + 11
3. Simplify.
5j2 + 16j + 11
5. (5p - 7)(4p + 3)
(5p - 7)(4p + 3)= 20p2 + -13p + -21
1. Rewrite the minus sign. (Only do this if you have a problem with your signs)
(5p + -7)(4p + 3)
2. First. Outer. Inner. Last.
5p * 4p + 5p * 3 + -7 * 4p + -7 * 3
3. Multiply.
20p2 + 15p + -28p + -21
4. Simplify.
20p2 + -13p + -21
Dividing Polynomials
1)
Working with division in Arithmetic is a lot like division of monomials
Look at this example of division using factors. When you review the
strategy you use in Arithmetic, algebra will make more sense. Simply
show the factors, cancel out the common factors (which is division) and you will be left with
2)
Here's a basic monomial, notice that when
you divide the monomial, you're dividing
the numerical coefficients (the 24 and the
8) and you're dividing the literal
coefficients (a and b).
3)
Once again you divide the numerical and literal coefficients and you'll also
divide the like variable factors by subtracting their exponents (5-2).
4)
Divide the numerical and literal coefficients, divide the like variable
factors by subtracting the exponents and you're done!
5)
Divide the numerical and literal coefficients, divide the like
variable factors by subtracting the exponents and you're done!